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Top 10 Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs From Entering Your Home or Picking Them Up During Travel

Bed Bug Prevention

Top 10 Tips for Preventing Bed Bugs From Entering Your Home or Picking Them Up During Travel…

Nobody wants to deal with bed bug infestation! We have some great tips for you to help you avoid contact with these parasitic pests. The following are the top 10 tips for preventing bed bugs from entering your home, or picking them up during travel.

The best way to control bed bugs is to prevent them from entering your home. Here’s how:

  • Understand the ways in which bed bugs are able to get into your home.Bed bugs enter a home through many possible ways, the most common being hitching a ride on your luggage, computer, clothing or other belongings after you have stayed somewhere else, or traveled where bed bugs are present, including on public transportation. Moving time is another possible way to get into a new home, as they catch a ride in the moving boxes.
  • Enclose mattresses and box springs in covers labeled “allergen rated,” “for dust mites,” or “for bed bugs.” Periodically check for rips or openings and tape these up.
  • Reduce clutter in your home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs.
  • Exercise caution when bringing used furniture and clothing into your house. Wash clothing immediately. Furniture, however, should be inspected carefully before even bringing it into your home: Check the crevices, behind moldings and other embellishments, and any cracks.  Avoid bringing home used mattresses.  Wash and dry all soft furnishings, such as curtains, at high temperatures before using.
  • Inspect furniture, beds, and couches for signs of bed bug infestation so you can take immediate action if you see any signs. Signs can include dark brown or reddish spots, which indicate bed bug fecal staining. These spots will smear and look like fresh blood if moistened.

When traveling:

  • Use luggage racks to hold your suitcases when packing and unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor. Be sure to inspect the luggage racks first though, to ensure they are also free of bed bugs.
  • Check the mattress and headboard before getting into bed for any signs of infestation.
  • When you get home, unpack directly into a washing machine. Wash all items, and dry on the highest setting for at least 20 minutes. The heat from the dryer kills the bugs.
  • Inspect and then vacuum luggage. Empty the vacuum or seal and dispose of its bag outside of your home after each use.
  • Consider spraying your luggage with Neem Oil, which is a natural and safe insecticide. Bugs that accidentally ingest it will likely die, and it will discourage them from traveling home with you via your suitcase.
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